Verizon and MetroPCS File More Grievances with the FCC
Verizon Wireless and MetroPCS have taken new legal action against the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules. It filed a brief in federal court this week seeking to overturn the FCC's regulations, which Verizon and MetroPCS argue the FCC never had the authority to implement in the first place. "The FCC has acted without statutory authority to insert itself into this crucial segment of the American economy, while failing to show any factual need to do so," said Verizon in its filing. The company asserts the rules violate the constitution, both the First Amendment and the Fifth Amendment. "Broadband networks are the modern-day microphone by which their owners engage in First Amendment speech." The FCC is expected to respond officially in September.
U.S. Carriers Share Galaxy S9 and S9+ Launch Plans and Pricing
All four major carriers in the U.S. plan to sell the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ beginning in March.
Appeals Court Upholds FCC's Net Neutrality Rules
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today upheld the FCC's 2015 net neutrality rules.
FCC Stuffs Lobbyists' Attempt to Stay Net Neutrality Rules
The FCC has denied petitions filed by a wide range of lobbying organizations that sought to stay the FCC's proposed net neutrality regulations. The CTIA Wireless Association, USTelecom, AT&T, Wireless Internet Service Providers Association, CenturyLink, American Cable Association, and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association all filed petitions hoping to prevent the FCC from formally adopting its rules in early June.
First Net Neutrality Case to Reach Court in Early December
USTelecom and other opponents to the FCC's net neutrality rules will have their first day in court come December. The U.S.
Republicans Target Net Neutrality Rules with Budget Trickery
A new budget proposed by House Republicans would hobble the FCC's attempt to enact and enforce its proposed net neutrality rules. The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill "prohibits the FCC from implementing net neutrality until certain court cases are resolved, requires newly proposed regulations to be made publicly available for 21 days before the Commission votes on them, and prohibits the FCC from regulating rates for either wireline or wireless Internet service." Republicans have used several different avenues through which to block the FCC's proposed rules.